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Meandering Friday

25 May

This is the Friday before Memorial Day. I was interested to read something I probably should have already known–Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, commemorated the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended as a memorial for all who have died serving in the armed forces.

For many employed people in America, Memorial Day is the first paid holiday of the year. That’s right, we’ve been scraping by without a paid holiday since New Year’s Day! We thought this day would never get here!

Conveniently located on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day also traditionally marks the beginning of the summer vacation season.

There’s liable to be fireworks, and that’s always fun.

I am Super Sizing my Memorial Day weekend by tacking on a vacation day on Tuesday. Four days off in a row, baby! Most people take the Friday before, but I am a rebel. What that really means is, I will be one of the few people at my office today. I don’t want to jinx anything, but if experience serves me, this should be a fairly quiet day at work. Plus, my boss is out of town on business, so no telling what mischief I might get into!

I jest. In truth, I am a consummate professional. And, as I may have mentioned before, my boss sometimes reads my blogs. So, you know, of course there will be no mischief! (Insert winking emoticon here.)

June 1 marks the beginning of the Hurricane Season, but there has already been a named tropical storm, Alberto, who formed a couple of weeks before the season began. Over-achiever.

I don’t like hurricane season. Maybe if I didn’t live on a peninsula that thrusts way out into the Atlantic Ocean, I’d have a different perspective.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA–get it, like Noah, the guy with the ark in the Bible?) has revealed their predictions for the coming hurricane season.

They are predicting that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will produce about 9 to 15 tropical storms, with as many as 4 to 8 of those becoming hurricanes. 1 to 3 storms could become major hurricanes with top winds of 111 mph (178 kph) or higher.

That all sounds very scientific, but I didn’t get to be the age that I am without noticing that those predicting weather folks are not unlike people who read tea leaves. They may be right sometimes, but they’re basically just guessing.

There could be a million hurricanes for all they know. Or a couple. Something about El Nino, blah, blah, blah. I can only just hope for the best.

My mind is meandering this AM, as if the weekend had already begun. Which it hasn’t! Consummate professional and all that. Gotta go to work. Must focus…

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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